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Des âmes noires (William Monk #5)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,621 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Hester Latterly est engagée par une riche famille écossaise pour accompagner une vieille dame à Londres. Son unique consigne ? Lui faire avaler son remède pour le coeur, qu'elle a fragile. Dans le train, Hester se lie d'amitié avec sa patiente, lui administre le médicament, puis s'endort. À son réveil, la vieille dame a rendu l'âme. L'autopsie révèle qu'il s'agit d'un empo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Grands détectives, 480 pages
Published May 3rd 2001 by 10/18 (first published 1994)
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Mai
May 10, 2014 Mai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14+, interested in Victorians and murder mysteries
Recommended to Mai by: My mom
Shelves: monk-books
I can't help but feel slightly geeky, giving a 4 star rating to a murder mystery. But Anne Perry is one of the best mystery writer I've ever come across. Her understanding of the Victorian Period - the fashions, the attitudes, the prejudices - is absolutely perfect and it shows in the books.

This is one of a series of books about a Victorian dectective (William Monk) with complete identity amnesia. He has had a terrible accident and he no longer knows his name, his job or his relatives/acquaintan
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Lori
Jan 03, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
4.5 stars. The best in this great series so far. Loved the focus on Hester in this book. She really is an amazing character; admirable strength and independence especially during Victorian times, an era where women's rights were basically non-existent. Monk's gruffness throughout a good part of the story did get a bit tiresome but he still is an interesting character as well as more and more of his lost memories come back to him. The set up to the storyline in this one was excellent; page-turnin ...more
Cheryl
Jan 09, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: alisonwonderland
This book was given to me by a friend (Sue) upon the recommendation of another friend (Alison). I have some stress over this book, now, because I enjoyed this murder mystery by Anne Perry so much, I will have to find time to read all of the other books in the William Monk Mystery Series. Set in Victorian Great Britain, Anne Perry does an excellent job of bringing us into another era and place and engaging us with intriguing characters. The plot twists and turns. At times a bit over-the-top in de ...more
JBradford
Jul 03, 2012 JBradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #5 in the Inspector Monk series, and the most impressive I’ve read yet. The plot is very complex and the storyline is tight throughout. The Perry hallmarks are here: murder, most foul, coupled with a fascinating comparison of the interaction between the upper class and the lower class in Victorian times.

Hester takes a position as a traveling companion/nurse for an old lady from Edinburgh who wants to take the train down to London to talk to her daughter, who is about to give birth and ha
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Jamie Collins
This was nicely dramatic. Hester is accused of murdering a patient, and Monk and Rathbone desperately try to find evidence that will clear her. Much of the action takes place in Edinburgh.

The author is still quite repetitious, although I'm trying to be forgiving since I'm reading these books close together, which amplifies the problem.

The murder mystery itself was interesting, but I think the author got a little carried away with the finale: there are multiple dramatic revelations, any one of wh
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Mary Corbal
Mar 29, 2015 Mary Corbal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De lo mejorcito que ha escrito esta autora. La trama te mantiene en vilo y el final es sorprendente. Muy recomendable.
Erin
Oct 03, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in the William Monk series was interesting to me because Hester is accused of the murder of her charge, and the setting is Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities. However, the book gets mired down at the end with an overly complicated plot and outrageous family secrets. One family secret would have been fine, but Perry hit overkill in this book.
Sierra Abrams
There are only a few books in the world worthy of me staying up till 3 AM to finish. This book was one if them.
IM FREAKING OUT OK?! That was perfect. PERFECT. Every detail, every moment, was careful and planned and yet totally unexpected!! What even.
Kristensilvermoore
May 07, 2012 Kristensilvermoore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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SINS OF THE WOLF - G
Perry, Anne - 5th in Monk series

Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder--punishable by execution.

The notorious case presents detective William Monk wit
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AnnaMay
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Jeni
Mar 26, 2012 Jeni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still a good series. This is another Victorian mystery in which the family is probably the likeliest to have killed the victim, but it does take a while and a few rabbit trails to close in on who it is. I found the ending satisfactory, and I am hoping that the relationship between Monk and Hester has turned a corner of sorts - not romance, but at least an end to hostilities.

Apart from the writing, I found this book to be poorly edited. Grammar mistakes, using the wrong name for someone, and not
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Rebecca Huston
A very enjoyable entry in the William Monk series. While there was some problems -- I figured out who the murderer was within the first fifty pages -- where this one works is the why someone is so callously disposed of. This time, one of the main characters of the series, Hester Latterly, is accused of murdering a client. The story moves from London to Edinburgh and with all sorts of twists and turns. I give this one five stars despite the flaws. Recommended.

For the longer review, please go her
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Pat C.
Apr 05, 2013 Pat C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked it and want to read more books with Monk and Hester. I actually didn't read this book, I listened to it but figure that gets a credit too (haha). Years ago I read one of Anne Perry's books that featured the Pitts (Thomas and ?) which I liked ok but didn't feel a burning need to run out and get all the books in the series. I really like the character of Hester. I assume that eventually she and Monk get married but at this point it's a little hard to figure out how that will happen... ...more
Marilyn Fontane
Mar 30, 2016 Marilyn Fontane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, anneperry
A new look at the William Monk series. Hester Latterly is no longer the chief detector, but the person alleged to have committed the murder. The case is no longer tried by Oliver Rathbone, but he is as concerned with the trial which, being held in Scotland where he can no longer work his skillful questioning, he must attend and bite his fingernails during the questioning of Mr. Argyll. Monk is alone the person who can search for the real killer, but it seems like an impossible task. The only oth ...more
Becky
Feb 26, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sins of the Wolf may just be my favorite of the series so far. It is the fifth book in this mystery series.

The novel opens with Hester Latterly, our heroine, on her way to a new job. She's been hired as a private nurse to accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline on a trip to London and back (from Edinburgh). She's never been to Scotland, and, it sounds like an interesting way to spend a week or two. She takes the night train to Edinburgh, meets the family, departs that evening on the train with Mrs. Farra
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Annamarie
May 04, 2015 Annamarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this mystery. It is the 5th in the series and I am so enthralled with all the characters. Hester ... How I wish I was Hester.

The one thing I enjoyed most in this book was Hesters courage and heartbreak and fear. I felt it ripple and come crashing in on her. Those are real feelings. People cant be strong all the time and her showing the effects of prison was perfect. I felt for her and felt cold as I was reading it. The descriptions were deft and quick to the heart.

I am not a romance re
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Laura Edwards
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Laurie
Sep 21, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathi
Another good book by Anne Perry featuring William Monk, although Hester Latterly is center-stage through a large portion of the story. I enjoyed the mystery and usually can work out at least some of the puzzles. However, I do find the portions of the narrative when Monk, Hester, and Oliver Rathbone muse about their feelings for each other to be clunky and repetitive. It seems there should be a better way to weave those thoughts and feelings into the flow of the story.
A. Roy King
Jul 17, 2014 A. Roy King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth in Anne Perry's "William Monk" historical mystery series. About halfway through, I was thinking this was the best of the series. I still think it's very good, but the stakes decrease after Hester's trial, which ends only about two-thirds of the way through the book. Hester is more-or-less exonerated at that point, which lowers the emotional stakes considerably. At that point, the mystery remains unsolved, and the solution requires quite a bit more story, which feels a little an ...more
Qing
May 29, 2016 Qing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, mystery, crime, murder
Seriously, the first thought I had when Hester was arrested was: "How will Monk solve the case now?!" ... Because it's become apparent that she's technically the one who's been solving his cases.

The story takes a couple of unsuspecting turns, but as like the previous books - it is a bit of a slow burn.

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Kate Forsyth
Oct 08, 2011 Kate Forsyth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I really need to say about this book is I finished it, went straight to the computer, and ordered more books by Anne Perry. Although I’ve read other books by her in the past, this really is a humdinger – interesting, complex characters, a really puzzling plot, lots of surprises, and a real sense of danger.
Linda
Aug 20, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fifth novel in her series about William Monk, Hester Latterly is hired to accompany Mary Farraline, an elderly woman, on an overnight train trip from Edinburgh to London and then on her return home. In the morning as they arrive, Hester is shocked to find that Mary has died during the night, and even more shocked when she is accused of her murder due to a drug overdose. Monk travels to Scotland to interview members of the very dysfunctional Farraline family, one of whom Monk believes mu ...more
Dlhmoore
Jan 27, 2016 Dlhmoore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, mystery
An early story by Perry whose beginning reminded me of Downton Abby. Perry has such good detail and paints a picture so well, I felt I could see the dining room set for dinner and the women's clothes.

It is set in the mid 1800's and a wealthy family hires Hester to accompany their aging mother to London to see the mothers daughter who is having her first child. In the morning of the train ride from edinbough to London the aging mother is found dead. There is also the question of a pearl brooch fo
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Rita
Nov 15, 2014 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***1/2 is my actual rating, one that I give for great mysteries. Anne Perry has a wonderful way of transporting the reader to Victorian times. When I am dealing with family illness, these are the types of escapist books I choose. I feel guilt at times over not choosing more mind expanding topics; then I cast that aside and read with pure enjoyment! Having characters that the reader knows and can return to again and again is one of the appeals of this author. William Monk, a victim of a hansom ri ...more
Colin Mitchell
Hester goes to Scotland to escort Mary Farraline to London and ensure that she takes her medication at night time. When Hester awakes Mary has died. Hester finds herself charged with murder and all the powers of Oliver Rathbone and William Monk are called into action. This leads them to discover a rather over complex set of relationships within the Farraline family and underhanded and illegal goings on. Can the day be saved?

The book starts at a good pace but the middle part is somewhat tedious a
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Jill
Mar 20, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth in the William Monk series. Often Anne Perry’s books seem to drag because she is quite repetitive; however, I think this was her best so far. Her overall plots are similar. In Victorian London, someone is murdered and Monk (a private detective with partial amnesia) is called in to solve the mystery, Monk seeks out Hester Latterly, (A Crimean War nurse) to help solve the mystery. Lady Callandra Daviot, Hester’s good friend, provides the funds for the investigation and to pay the ...more
Bill
Sep 17, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot leads to plausible offenders, and the characters stand out for their individuality and unique motivations. The resolution, though, does not seem to flow easily from what comes before, even if it's not exactly a deus ex machina. But whereas the Pitts (to mention Perry's other great protagonists) reveal society up and down with their unique keen insights, Monk and Latterly look inward more than outward as they work toward solution, and they indulge in interior monologs or revelations that ...more
Alissa Mccarthy
Fifth in the William Monk series. Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder--punishable by execution.I still feel as if I want to punch the main character and the treatment of Vic ...more
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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